Feran-Baum to stand trial as adult in child's beating death

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Cody Feran-Baum agreed to waive his right to a hearing on whether he should be kept in juvenile court and, instead, was ordered to stand trial as an adult in the beating death of a two-year-old girl, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

In a brief hearing before Hennepin County District Court Judge Nancy Brasel Tuesday afternoon, Feran-Baum, through questions from his attorney, acknowledged that he was giving up his right to argue to remain in juvenile court for the second-degree murder trial and any punishment that would result if he was convicted. Instead, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office will file an adult criminal complaint and the 18-year-old Feran-Baum will make his first appearance in adult court soon after that.

Feran-Baum was charged by a juvenile petition in June, when he was still 17, for the beating death of Sophia O’Neill. He was watching the girl, at his grandparent’s Minneapolis home, while his girlfriend was away. He is not O’Neill’s father.  Feran-Baum admitted to police that the girl would not stop crying, so he kicked her twice in the back and laid her on the floor and stomped on her back, according to the juvenile petition.